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If you are a science communication trainer (check out our charter to see what we mean by the term), we want you on board with our network!  Sign up for our mailing list to stay in the loop with our activities.

View our Strategic Plan 

The Science Communication Trainers Network  strategic plan provides a framework for the Network’s activities for the next three years. This plan will support and maintain the principles and priorities of the Network as detailed in the Network’s charter, allowing for shared leadership and new ideas to emerge within the objectives and goals of this plan.



Our Funders

We very gratefully acknowledge funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Kavli Foundation.


Our Fiscal sponsor

We are fiscally sponsored by the Institute for Learning Innovation.


SCTN Board 

The SciComm Trainers Network is led by a core group of individuals who are responsible for providing the scaffolding to allow the Network to develop and grow.

  •  Elyse Aurbach, Ph.D.,  University of Michigan
  • Karlisa Callwood, Ph.D., The Perry Institute
  • Suzanne Ffolkes, M.A.,  The Optical Society (OSA)
  • Eve Klein, M.Ed.,  Institute for Learning Innovation
  • John Meyer, University of Washington
  • Marissa Weiss, Ph.D., Harvard Forest
  • Chloe Poston, Ph.D.,  SciComm Trainers Network Weaver 


Task Forces (committees focused on specific tasks)

  • Convenings: focused on how the Network connects at convenings and between them, 
  • Expanding the community: focused on growing the Network in an inclusive and sustainable manner. 
  • Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI): focused on heightening the centrality of JEDI, both internally within the Network as well as to science communication training efforts more broadly.    
  • Mapping the network: focused on creating a public-facing inventory of the science communication training that is occurring. 
  • Online hub: focused on creating a set of online resources for the Network as well as for science communication trainers more generally.
  • Research & practice: focused on developing a curated synthesis of the research that informs science communication training.


Our History

The idea of the SciComm Trainers Network originated from a series of workshops that were held in late 2017-early 2018 that you can read about here.  The Network was initially lead by Amanda Stanley, Ph.D.  (Executive Director, COMPASS) and Laura Lindenfeld, Ph.D. (Executive Director, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science). Under their leadership,  convenings of the Network were held in 2018 and 2019 (which you can read about here and here).


Contact Us

Email: support@sctn.online